The Guardians of the Holy Grail were an elite force of twelve Templar knights who formed the core staff of Aeternis. Tasked with protecting the Grail from harm, they were sealed beneath the ground after the fall of the order in 1307 and the unsuccessful attempt at the Grail made that same year by the Priory.
Initially, there were twelve knights, the same who retrieved the Grail from Jerusalem in 1146 and brought it to Paris in 1148. They were natural candidates for the Aeternis project and were dispatched to Scotland to scout the area and then oversee its construction. When selecting the leader of the expedition, the Templar High Command was divided between Tobias de Treece and Edgar the Axe, ultimately choosing the latter. The second in command was Malik, a foreign-born knight pressed into Templar service.
Extended isolation and the toll it took on the Guardians' minds, complete with the apparent madness of Tobias resulted in the once united brotherhood fracturing and splitting into factions. The principal opponent of Tobias' rule was, of course, Malik.
|Date||Factions and members|
|1194 CE||Loyalist templars||Priory||Unaffiliated||Dead|
|1658 CE||Loyalists||Malik's cult||Malik's sympathizers||Priory||Unaffiliated||Dead|
|1763 CE (after Malik's escape and the purge)||Loyalists||Former cultists||Tobias' opposition||Priory||Unaffiliated||Dead|
|2012 CE||Loyalists||Former cultists||Tobias' opposition||Priory||Unaffiliated||Dead|
- See Timeline for details.
- Mikhail: "He is a good knight by all accounts. A fierce fighter. There was some argument that he would have made a good leader when the knights were being chosen"
- Mikhail: "He is Tobias' second in command. He was a pawn for the Templars. By birth he was a parsee, a chosen leader from birth. A rallying call for heathen rebels. The Templars stole him from his people. They indoctrinated him by the virtue of constant discipline of prayer and the use of vision inducing herbs, until one day, he stood up before his people and disinherited them, destroying the soul of their rebellion"